Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal

Brisbane City Council is constructing a new ferry terminal at the Howard Smith Wharves precinct.

Project summary

This table provides project summary information about the Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal including address, ward, project outcomes and latest news

Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane CBD


Central Ward

Project outcome

The Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal will further enhance the ferry network and provide new access opportunities for residents and visitors to Howard Smith Wharves.

Latest news

Construction commenced in early March 2021.

About the project

Council is constructing a new ferry terminal as a priority to support the busy Howard Smith Wharves precinct, ensuring residents and visitors have easy access to this newly developed public space via Brisbane's ferry network.

The new Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal will also provide connectivity to the New Farm Riverwalk and surrounding suburbs such as Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point via the Story Bridge. It will be positioned towards the upstream end of the Rivershed building and concrete river terraces.

The new ferry terminal will be safe and easy to use for all passengers, including people with a mobility or vision impairment, older residents and people with prams.

Council is confident the proposed Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal will enhance accessibility and integration of the Howard Smith Wharves precinct and encourage the use of public transport associated with one of Brisbane’s premier recreation and lifestyle precincts.

The terminal has been designed to initially service CityFerries, but is also capable of future dual berthing of CityCats.

The Howard Smith Wharves terminal is funded by Council, with a contribution from the Howard Smith Wharves Consortium.

Artist impression of Howard Smith Wharves Ferry Terminal
Artist impression of Howard Smith Wharves Ferry Terminal

Construction details

Onsite construction commenced in early March, and is anticipated to be completed in late 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Construction of the new terminal will involve:

  • river-based piling activities
  • extensive river-based works to install the new terminal, pontoon and ramps
  • truck, crane and machinery movements
  • concrete pours in stages using a concrete pump and lines from the riverbank
  • constructing a new entry area
  • installing new terminal identification signage, lighting, seating and rest zones.

Construction work is scheduled to take place from Monday to Friday between 6.30am and 6.30pm, with Saturday works only as required, weather and construction conditions permitting.

  • Construction is expected to take place primarily from the river.
  • A barge and work boats will be present for the duration of works.
  • A fenced construction compound will be established on the concrete steps near the Rivershed for the duration of the works and will temporarily obstruct views of the river.
  • Traffic control will be in place to safely direct pedestrians and cyclists around the work area when required.

During construction, residents and businesses in close proximity may experience an increase in noise and some low-level vibration.

Council will monitor contractor activities to ensure noise and vibration is in accordance with expected reasonable limits.

Pedestrians and cyclists may experience temporary access changes on the shared pathway.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during this work. Council is committed to keeping local residents informed and will provide advance notification of any out-of-hours works.

We thank you for your patience while we complete this important work. The project team will work collaboratively with the Howard Smith Wharves Nominees to minimise construction impacts on planned events, where viable.

More information

If you would more information about the Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team 
  • write to:
    Ferry Infrastructure team
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated: 25 March 2021
Topics: ferry